Mar 25, 2009, 8:23 AM
Gambia National team, the Scorpions, on 8 August 2016 started intensive
preparations for their crunch 2017 African Cup of Nations Group M Qualifier
Fixtures away to Cameroon next month.
The Scorpions under the guidance of coach Sang Ndong resumed training with the local-based players and would be joined by few foreign-based players before their travel to Yaoundé, where they will clash with Cameroon in the continent’s biggest football fiesta qualifiers set for September 4, 2016.
Coach Sang Ndong is expected to gather a full squad against the Indomitable Lions, who have already qualified for the Finals in Gabon after their 1-0 win over Mauritania in June 2016, the Scorpions will be playing for pride after occupying bottom place in group M of the qualifiers.
The Gambia are rooted at the bottom of the group with only 2 points in five games after drawing two games against South Africa and Mauritania, before losing to Cameroon, Mauritania and South Africa 1-0, 2-1 and 4-0 respectively.
Mauritania are second in group M of the 2017 African Cup of Nations with 7 points in five games, South Africa are third with 6 points in five games.
It would be recalled it that Cameroon beat The Gambia 1-0 in the first leg of the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers played at the Independence Stadium in Bakau on 5 September 2015, courtesy of FC Porto striker Vincent Abubakarr from Benjamin Mokandjo’s brilliant pass after capitalizing on Pa Modou Jagne defensive blunder to fire home the opener, which eventually proved to be the winner for the Indomitable Lions.